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season card
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Boston Bruins 80 50 20 10 110 327 228
Montreal Canadiens 80 42 24 14 98 350 286
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 29 13 89 318 285
Quebec Nordiques 80 34 34 12 80 343 336
Hartford Whalers 80 19 54 7 45 261 403
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
10 Guy Lafleur 68 27 49 76
11 Ryan Walter 80 29 46 75
26 Mats Naslund 74 26 45 71
31 Mark Napier 73 40 27 67
14 Mario Tremblay 80 30 37 67
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Rick Wamsley 46 27-12-5 0 3.51
Season results


For the first time in team history, a player raised and developed in Europe cracks the lineup. Mats Naslund, a Swedish left winger drafted with Montreal’s second pick in 1979, was named his country’s player of the year the previous season.

Ronald Corey, the former president and general manager of the O’Keefe brewery, succeeds Morgan McCammon as team president. Prior to the beginning of the regular season, veterans Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson threaten to not report to training camp if their contracts are not renegotiated. Both players come to terms with the team just hours before the beginning of training camp.

At the same time, general manager Irving Grundman proceeds with a blockbuster trade as he deals defensemen Brian Engblom and Rod Langway and forwards Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Ryan Walter and Rick Green. Despite the big changes, the team establishes itself as one of the strongest in the league during the first half of the season. The Canadiens record 19 points in the month of November alone.

 At Christmas, the Habs trail the Boston Bruins slightly for the Adams Division lead. Grundman continues to make moves in December as he trades Gaston Gingras to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for a second round pick in 1986 (which will ultimately yield Benoit Brunet).

For his part, Naslund makes a name for himself in his first season in Montreal. Teamed with Pierre Mondou and Mario Tremblay, the line is a surprising offensive force. At the end of the season, the three linemates have combined for a total of more than 200 points. Mark Napier remains the team’s leading goal scorer for a second straight season as he finds the back of the net 40 times.

The team gets off to a rough start in the New Year with a crushing 5-0 loss to the Soviet national team in an exhibition game at the Forum on January 2. The Habs manage to put that one behind them, though, and they enjoy a strong second half. On February 27, in a game against the Red Wings in Detroit, Larry Robinson overtakes Guy Lapointe as the highest scoring defenseman in team history with his 573rd career point as a member of the Canadiens.

Montreal cannot keep pace with the Bruins and the Canadiens’ streak of consecutive division titles ends at eight. Also, for the first time in nine years, not one member of the team is named to the league’s All-Star teams.


The team’s problems in the postseason continue to plague them in the spring. Facing the Buffalo Sabres and goalie Robert Sauvé, the Habs prove no match. The Canadiens are quickly shown the door as they are notably unable to score against Sauvé through the first two games of the three-game Buffalo sweep. The Habs are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for a third consecutive year.
The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Buffalo Sabres
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 6th, 1983 BUF 1 MTL 0  
April 7th, 1983 BUF 3 MTL 0  
April 9th, 1983 MTL 2 BUF 4  
Buffalo won best-of-five series 3-0